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By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 07, 2022

In Myanmar, where government troops have been shelling Christian villages, the Catholic bishops decided that the situation was too dangerous to allow for public festivities at Christmas. So they advised the faithful to cancel Christmas celebrations—except the celebration of the sacraments.

In Quebec, where about 100 Covid deaths were recorded in December, civil officials in the province were willing to allow the faithful to attend Mass if they were vaccinated. But Cardinal Gerald Lacroix decided that the situation was so dangerous, he suspended the public celebration of the sacraments.

Back in Myanmar, Cardinal Charles Bo was roundly criticized when he was photographed smiling together with the leader of the military junta. The cardinal was obviously hoping that the meeting could lead to some change in the brutal government policies that he has frequently criticized. Nevertheless he drew angry responses from Christians suffering from the military attacks.

In the US, over the Christmas season, umpteen Catholic bishops were photographed smiling alongside politicians who support public funding for abortion on demand. Unborn children were not available for comment.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: ewaughok - Jan. 10, 2022 5:51 AM ET USA

    Even worse: “Jesuit Father Pat Conroy, who served as chaplain of the House of Representatives from May 2011 to January 2021, gave an interview published this week in The Washington Post, in which he defended Catholic politicians who promote abortion access. He went so far as to cite St. Thomas Aquinas on conscience to defend his position, which is both embarrassing and beneath the dignity of a proper Jesuit formation.”

  • Posted by: mclom - Jan. 08, 2022 10:09 AM ET USA

    Love the ending sentence. With permission and quoting you, I may use it sometimes!